We are writing to inform you that we have taken the decision to close the My Cirencester scheme, launched in early summer 2021 to ‘support the return to high streets safely and to help build back better from the pandemic’, which we feel has been achieved.
We were fortunate enough to receive financial support for the initial set-up and design costs from the Town and District Councils, the latter under the auspices of the Welcome Back Fund allocated to councils by the European Regional Development Fund, and there was strong support from local businesses and residents. An annual nominal fee was also paid by the businesses advertising on the site which has now come to an end.
Over time the take-up and enthusiasm has tailed off and with rising costs all around, we cannot justify the ongoing maintenance costs and do not think it is the right time to be seeking subscription renewal.
We are very grateful for your support of this initiative, and hope that you benefited from it as a result. We have written separately to the local residents who signed up to the scheme, informing them of this closure and will be taking down the website shortly. It is entirely at your discretion as to whether you wish to continue to offer any discounts to local residents.
The Chamber is always keen to look for initiatives to help support the local economy, and to that end we believe the My Cirencester scheme achieved its short-term objective. However, we will continue to monitor the performance of businesses on the high street and remain open to new ideas that will benefit the town.
Please rest assured that the Chamber of Commerce is here to help the local business community so if there are any specific issues you’d like us to champion for you, please let us know.
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